Consulting & Production Management
Sometimes all you need is a little help. If you’re just planning/evaluating a project or already have a prototyping partner in mind but need help at any stage of the process with the technology, terminology or techniques I can act as a consultant and help guide you through your project with administrative, theoretical or practical advice. This can help you save a lot of money and make sure your investment in prototyping brings the best results by helping you find the right prototyping process for your project. With my own prototyping facilities and network of partners I can provide many material and technical options for production of small series up to several hundred pieces.
Drafting & Modeling
You don’t have to be a full fledged industrial designer, 3D modeler or CNC expert to prototype with artcnc. I strive to bridge the gap between your ideas and the real world and can help you take your ideas from concept to proof of concept. When you need advice or hands-on help preparing your artwork/models/materials I’ll make sure there won’t be any surprises and additional costs during the production process. CNC production requires special care to be taken to the precision of curves and edges and preparing a clean Illustrator or OBJ file that can be used in CAM processing can be a very frustrating task, so most of the times special adjustments need to be made to artwork and models.
Contrary to most engraving services I also work with non-standard materials like paper, wood, leather and many other materials you may not have thought of yet. If you’re not fit in Vector-graphics software, I will help convert your artwork ideas from any format to an engravable format to make sure production runs smoothly and the result is as expected. Although bitmaps and photographs can be used most CNC processes require Vector based graphics at a pretty basic level so that most Illustrator files need to be cleaned up and exported in a special way to work.
For simple parts this process is the most commonly used CNC technique. For cutting a simple outline artwork is often sufficient, for 2.5D the process is a bit more complex but I will help you make sense of it. The simple basic 2D CNC processes are facing, pocketing, profiling and drilling. Different processes can also be combined and applied to more than one side of the object resulting in pretty complex constructions. This is what is meant when people talk about 2,5D.
For more complex and organic shapes this technique allows the creation of freeform objects from a variety of organic and synthetic materials. The process is much more complex and requires strong knowledge in 3D modelling and CNC technology. There are certain limitations to this technique but I tend to experiment a lot to overcome them and make the process as flexible as possible. You will need our guidance in preparing your 3d models and in most cases I will adjust/amend your objects as required to make the technology work.
For the most complicated objects and objects that are hard to manufacture with other prototyping techniques the advent of 3D printing technology is very promising. With the cheaper models precision and quality can however still be an issue, that’s why I work with a variety of 3D printing houses instead of investing in my own 3D printer. I can handle all stages from preparation to production and post-production finishing for you to help you get the most out of this technology at the best price without surprises.
What do you do when all else fails ? What if you want to create something no one has done before ? Traditional CNC and prototyping facilities prefer to work on standard industrial projects and experimentation is often not an option or prohibitively expensive. With 3-Axis CNC I have found that sometimes by thinking outside the box and being creative in the choice and combination of techniques, materials and tools one can make things impossible or too expensive to do in any other way. In the beginnings of my self-taught CNC journey i started out by using the machine in a variety of ways a normal cnc operator would probably shake his head at in despair, but in the end this worked out pretty well and kind of became a habit and I always find it interesting to go and see ‘what else’ can be done with this technology.